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The journey from zero pull-ups to one pull-up is long, difficult, and may at times seem insurmountable. And then once you get there, victory is fleeting: Every set you attempt contains one measly rep. Either way, you're going to need some ways to bring that lofty exercise down to earth.

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If speeding down a long lane of ice seems like your thing, or hugging tight corners while trying to get ahead of whoever is leading the pack, maybe you should consider lacing up a pair of speed skates. You don't have to have Olympic-size thighs to try it out, although that would certainly help. I stopped by a practice to get the lowdown.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Dear Lifehacker, I've heard that I should be "mixing it up" and changing up my workouts at the gym. My friend, who's a bodybuilder, told me that this is called "muscle confusion" and will force them to grow. I only know a few exercises at the gym so changing seems even more difficult. What do I do?

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Crossfit's intense workouts are a polarising subject of discussion. It seems the first rule of Crossfit club is that you must never shut up about Crossfit club, and on the flip side, the sport (routine? Discipline? Hobby?) has its share of haters. So let's take a minute to cut through that for anyone who's intrigued but isn't sure what they would be getting into and whether it's worthwhile.

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When I started at Lifehacker last July, I quickly got into a routine of plonking myself at my desk and sitting there all day, barely moving out of my chair. Though I was no Herculean physical specimen beforehand, my previous job was far more physical, so I began losing my fitness quickly at a desk. Battling my belly and lethargy, I decided to take up running. It sucked.

But I learnt to make it suck much less.

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Dear Lifehacker, I get extremely bored while working out. When I go for a run, I'm just counting down the minutes until I get home. When I exercise, I'm too distracted. Listening to music doesn't help. What can I do to make working out more entertaining so I won't give up and do something more interesting to my brain?

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We've been through a lot this year, from politics wearing on our mental health to wellness purveyors trying to sell us stuff we don't need. Here are some of our best health how-tos, explainers, and mythbusters of 2017.

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January is a great time to get a fresh start on your fitness. Even if you don't buy into the conceit of resolutions, for many of us the new year is the first time in months we haven't been buried under holiday and end-of-year stresses. Time to work on a new goal! What's it going to be?

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We all want to be fit, but sometimes you just need an extra boost to make it to the gym, to decide on a workout, or to deal with the aftermath. Here are our best fitness hacks of 2017.

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Exercise routines don't have to be thrilling; ask anyone who slogs through a 6AM workout every day. But even if someone is happy with a dull routine, that doesn't mean they will derive joy from unwrapping a sparkly gift box that contains (yawn) another pair of weights. So try these gifts instead.

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Good health is a truly priceless thing, but maintaining a decent level of fitness - especially in big cities - can cost a pretty penny. Gym memberships in particular can hit your wallet hard. And personal training sessions? Forget about it: Those can run over $100 an hour, easy, and that's often on top of a gym's monthly membership fee. That's fine, though - because you don't have to pay a dime if you play your cards right.

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We've all seen those transformation photos of people going from pufferfish-like bellies to enviously defined abs. You may have mused, "I wish I could get to that 'After' picture, too." Oh, but you can. Without actually being close to that great a shape, in fact. It's not honest, but marketers do it, and hot damn, you will look fabulous.